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Romania to terminate its intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties

On 8 September 2016, the President of Romania agreed to submit to the Romanian Parliament draft legislation approving termination of 22 bilateral investment treaties that Romania concluded with other EU Member States (“intra-EU BITs”).  The draft legislation had been initiated on 10 August 2016 by the Romanian Government in an expedited legislative procedure. The explanatory note to the draft legislation quotes the European Commission’s view that intra-EU BITs are incompatible with EU law and refers to the infringement proceedings initiated on 18 June 2015 against five EU Member States, including Romania, requesting them

Poland considers terminating its Bilateral Investment Treaties

On 25 February 2016, Poland’s State Treasury announced its intention to terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaties (“BITs”). Poland currently has around 60 BITs in force, all of them signed between 1987 and 1998. Poland concluded BITs with almost every EU Member State (“intra-EU BITs”). It remains, however, the only EU Member State that is not a party to the ICSID Convention. The State Treasury indicated its intention to terminate all 60 BITs. Shortly thereafter a new announcement recommended that the Polish Government take the step of terminating intra-EU BITs only.